The US Justice Department has released a less-redacted version of the 2019 Robert Mueller report.
It shows that Mueller investigated Roger Stone, WikiLeaks and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the Russian government’s hack of the Democrats in the 2016 election.
However he did not find proof beyond reasonable doubt that Stone or Assange should have faced criminal conspiracy charges.
The new details of special counsel Robert Mueller’s decision not to charge Stone, Assange, WikiLeaks for their role in influencing the 2016 election have emerged just a day before voters head to the polls for the 2020 election.
It shows that Mueller investigated Roger Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the Russian government’s hack of the Democrats in the 2016 election. Stone pictured above
Julian Assange faces charges in the US for a hacking conspiracy, in a case that is unrelated to the 2016 election
The special counsel’s team said that communication between WikiLeaks and officers in Russia‘s main spy agency took place ‘via encrypted chats.’
‘The lack of visibility into the contents of these communications would hinder the Office’s ability to prove that WikiLeaks was aware of and intended to join the criminal venture comprised of the GRU hackers,’ it read.
The newly-released segment of the Mueller report, seen by BuzzFeed News, read: ‘While the Office cannot exclude the possibility of coordination between Stone and WikiLeaks or that additional evidence could come to light on that issue, the investigation did not obtain admissible evidence likely to meet the government’s burden to prove facts establishing such coordination beyond a reasonable doubt.’
The latest version of the report also revealed details about how Russians sought to harm Hillary Clinton and support Trump in 2016.
The latest version of the report was released on Monday in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, filed by BuzzFeed News and advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center.
The lawsuit had called on the government to release the report in its entirety.
The Justice Department was ordered to release relevant sections by November 2.
The fact that prosecutors chose not to file any charges is an apparent vindication for Assange and Stone, but Mueller did not completely clear either man.
He noted in a newly unredacted footnote that there were ‘factual uncertainties’ regarding their possible involvement in the hacking of Democratic National Committee servers.
Stone has been one of Trump’s most fervent supporters for years and served on his presidential campaign in the last election.
The latest version of the report was released on Monday after the transparency group Electronic Privacy Information Center sued for it. Robert Mueller pictured above
The conservative political consultant and lobbyist abruptly left the campaign in 2015 under murky circumstances – Trump said he fired Stone and Stone said he quit. But Stone remained a prominent member of Trump’s inner circle, serving as an informal adviser to the president.
The pair’s relationship was thrust into the spotlight in November 2019, when Stone was indicted under Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia.
Stone was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison, before Trump stepped in and commuted his sentence at the eleventh hour last July.
Julian Assange faces charges in the US for a hacking conspiracy, in a case that is unrelated to the 2016 election.